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By | Published on Tuesday 15 January 2019


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Sony/ATV has appointed Shawn Holiday to the newly created position of Head Of Urban Music in the US. “His creative instincts and people skills are amazing”, reckons boss man Marty Bandier. Though he’s leaving soon, so who cares what he thinks?

• Music lawyer Julian Petty has joined Warner Bros Records in the US as EVP and Head Of Business & Legal Affairs. “If you know me, you know that the only way I would have given up private practice is to be part of a company that encourages artists to go after their dreams”, he says. I don’t know him.

• BMG has promoted Patrick Joest to EVP Global Partnerships & Sync. His business card actually says ‘Synch’, but I removed the ‘h’ here to make it correct. I don’t really know why the music business is investing so much time on nonsense like safe harbour reform when we’ve still not tackled major internal issues like the continued mis-spelling of ‘sync’.

• Ensuring that there continues to be sound in 2019, Radio 1 will invest some of your licence fee pounds into broadcasting ‘BBC Sound Of 2019 Live’ on 31 Jan, live from Maida Vale Studios. It’ll feature performances from this year’s Sound Of winner, Octavian, and the sound of 2010, Ellie Goulding, as well as other acts from the 2019 longlist.

• Michael Buble has announced the launch of his very own Alexa skill. Is that sort of thing too tedious to talk about already? Well, I heard a funny story about Michael Buble the other day that really made me chuckle, so let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. The Alexa thingy is called Buble Daily and will give you daily inspirational quotes and personal insights. Here’s the man himself demonstrating it.

• Bombay Bicycle Club went on hiatus two years ago. I know you kept telling everyone they’d split up, but it was definitely a hiatus. If they’ve split up, what are they doing in a room together?

• The Cinematic Orchestra have updated their website with an interesting quirk – it only works if you cut off your internet connection. Parts of it are currently blurred out, so I guess you’ll need to keep going offline to find out exactly what’s going on.

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